The Gypsy Soul with an Accountant Heart

Oh I yearn to be a wild & free bohemian woman – a wild at heart kind of woman. Who throws caution to the wind and goes with the flow.  But I’m not. I may stick my nose up at you and go on my own journey but I do so with utter caution that would drive a saint crazy.

I have an opportunity at this time of my life to lean away from the norm and forge my own path. I think it is time to embrace with weirdness I’ve held aside and become a tree-hugging, carnivore, free-spirited middle-aged spinster I am meant to be.

As the year comes to a close, I am reflecting upon how some things are changing and how much of what I do remains the same. There has been much progress with my health. Yet, there is so much more I need to change (the whole “take your vitamins” & “drink your water” thing).

Next week is Halloween, but for us Celts it’s the beginning of a new year in the Celtic calendar. I am going to use this time to work on new goals and take some to time to really delve into what I want to accomplish with my life over the next three months to three years and beyond.

Are you ready for the new year? Why wait till January? Let’s start now!!

 

A Road Less Travelled

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World Mental Health Day

Sadly, one of the biggest numbers in the world of chronic fatigue statistics is suicide. That is why I wanted to bring to your attention to World Mental Health Day. There is a quote that I love that basically says “Be kind, you never know what battle a person is raging”

Those with chronic illness deal with so many symptoms that often include new ones we never had before. Social Anxiety, anxiety in general, depression…you name it, we are probably dealing with it. Also, when we change our habits to meet our health needs, we begin to lose friends, family and trusted mentors. Why? Often it because the person hasn’t taken the time to really investigate and understand what you are going through. Not everyone will understand that every day you feel like you were hit by a mac truck with all the symptoms of having a flu.

We mourn the loss of who we one were, we are challenged with what we have become and how we will endure the future.

Be kind.

Pick up the phone and just say hello

Let’s us know you have our back.

World Mental Health Day

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Oh, I left ya hanging

I am a bad blogger girl. I totally started on the Spending Freeze only to take off on a Summer break. Naughty! eh…as you know, I will get there…eventually.

The first fifteen days were awesome. I was on track, bills only being paid and the occasional item from the grocery store.  Then, I had a flare.

As well all know by now, my addiction is money. I has it, I spend it.  With the triggers set off, I went cray cray. The last part of the month was a nightmare. What I learned is that my spending habits are triggered by boredom, pain, depression-like symptoms, and the “I just want to feel better” excuse.

In order to prepare myself for another round of this in March, I have to start dealing with these triggers now. So with a bit of research on the interwebs, I found an article on keeping a food mood tracker. (and I lost the source). The author suggested to add four labels for the degrees of eating…(n) for normal, (f) something fun, special occasion, (m) for mindless eating and (b) for a binge.

Princess Fergie (one of my fave peeps btw), once said, while being a brand ambassador for a weight loss company, that “once you get your weight in proper perspective, money then follows right behind it” (very, very, very loosely translated). This simple lettering system can help me with not only my food journal but my spending as well.

Beginning October 1st, I will have a separate passport sized expense tracker just for this newest challenge I have for myself.

What has worked for you to keep your spending in check?

Finance Tracking

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Words & Images

I have mentioned before that there are many stories and pictures that inspire me or I can relate to in some ways as a person with chronic illness. These images I can not provide due to copyright, so I’ll give you an A to Zed list of words, or books, heroines and the such. You can also check out my Pinterest board that contain a whole lot of the following…

A – Alice in Wonderland

B – birdcages

C – comfy

D – drugs (medicinal ones)

E – energy (I has none)

F – fat

G – (Oscar) The Grouch

H – Honey Badger

I  – I miss the person I used to Be

J – Jealous

K – Kindred Spirits

L – Laughter is medicine

M – (Bad) Medicine – Bon Jovi

N – Nightime, is the worse time

O – One Spoon at A Time

P – Princess and the Pea

Q – Won’t Quit, Can’t Quit

R – Rest

S – Self Care

T – Turtle paced life

U – Spoonies Unite!

V – Venting

W – Weekends spent in jammies

X – (srsly can’t find anything to relate to X)

Y – Y indeed!

Z – I need more ZZZZzzzzzZZzzz’s

Invisble Illness Week 2016

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Thirty Things About My Illness

Thirty things about my invisible illness you may not know

1. The illness I live with is: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2012
3. But I had symptoms since: 2010-2011ish
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: slowing down
5. Most people assume: I am being anti-social
6. The hardest part about mornings are: Not feeling rested
7. My favorite medical TV show is: Blacklist, NCIS
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: iPhone
9. The hardest part about nights are: falling asleep, I toss and turn for hours
10. Each day I take __ pills & vitamins. (No comments, please) 21 <–> 4
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: used acupuncture and massage therapy
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: neither
13. Regarding working and career: I am looking into work from home employment
14. People would be surprised to know: I quit antidepressants cold turkey
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: the limitations
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: speak up for myself
17. The commercials about my illness: are stupid, the pain never goes away
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: running
19. It was really hard to have to give up: being busy, all the time
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: Planners of all sorts
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: probably sleep
22. My illness has taught me: to enjoy the small things
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: you and your hangups
24. But I love it when people: You have done enough, it’s ok to rest
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: I’ll Get There, Eventually
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: I am here if you need to talk
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: adjusting to change
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: cleaned my house
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: it’s part of my life and I wanted to share my story
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: understood & accepted

Invisble Illness Week 2016

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